Churston Ferrers Grammar School 11 Plus (11+) Exam Information

Churston Ferrers Grammar School (CFGS) is a co-educational grammar school located in Torbay, in South Devon. A selective school, CFGS has academy status and is a Specialist Humanities College. The school consistently performs well in exam league tables and in previous years has been ranked as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED. In 2016, the school’s Modern Foreign Languages block was remodelled to create a new section for the Art and Music departments. Students are split into year groups and subdivided into houses, which are managed by form tutors.


11 Plus Exam Information for Churston Ferrers Grammar School


Address: Churston Ferrers Grammar School, Greenway Road, Brixham, TQ5 0LN

County: Devon

Admissions Info: secretary@churston.torbay.sch.uk, 01803 842289

School Type: Co-educational Grammar

Number of pupils: 931 (approx.)

Number of Places in Year 7: Approximately 130

Open Day Date: June

Exam Date: September

Exam Board Type: CEM (University of Durham)


Churston Ferrers Grammar School 11 Plus Admissions



Admission to the school is determined by pupil performance in the 11 Plus exam. Churston Ferrers Grammar School is part of the South Devon Schools Consortium, so the entrance test is the same one used by all the selective schools in Torbay. Parents need to register their child to take the tests and the school recommends that students sit the exam at Churston Ferrers to help familiarise them with the building and staff.


Each year, the school has an Open Day and welcomes students and parents to take a tour of the school and meet the staff and students. The Head Teacher gives a presentation and provides more information about the 11 Plus process. There is also the opportunity to observe lessons to provide students with an insight into what it’s like to study at the school.


How to Apply for 11 Plus Entry to Churston Ferrers Grammar School



In order to apply for a Year 7 place at Churston Ferrers Grammar School, parents need to register their child by completing the school’s application form, which can be found online, here. Additionally, parents need to complete the Common Application Form (CAF) and list CFGS as one of three preferred schools.


Once the exam has been taken, parents will receive a guidance letter, which provides an indication of their child’s performance and whether they’d be eligible for entry to a selective school. It should be noted that the letter won’t provide test scores and isn’t a guarantee of a school place as offers won’t be made until later.


Churston Ferrers Grammar School 11 Plus Exam Format


The Churston Ferrer 11 Plus exam aims to reflect the syllabus being taught at primary school in accordance with the Year 5 National Curriculum. There is only one stage of testing, which means that student test scores will be the principal consideration for admission to the school.


There will be two test papers, each lasting approximately 50 minutes. The questions will be in multiple choice format and split into several timed sections. The elements that will be tested are:


  • Verbal ability (vocabulary, verbal reasoning, comprehension)
  • Non-Verbal ability (shapes and objects)
  • Numerical ability (maths problems)
  • English Writing


The English writing test focuses on creative writing and lasts approximately 20 minutes. Students will be given a choice of topics to write on and will be asked to present the subject in a specific way. For example, they may be asked to write persuasively, or to create a fictional story.


How to Prepare for the Churston Ferrers Grammar School 11 Plus Exam?


Preparing for the 11 Plus requires good organisation. The sooner your child starts revising, the more time they’ll have to improve their knowledge and exam technique. It’s a good idea to create a study timetable with your child to ensure that they cover everything they’ll need to know for the tests.


Introducing practice exam papers early can also provide a good indication of their current strengths and weaknesses. Once you know which areas need improving, you can tailor your child’s study schedule to suit.


Not only do exam practice papers help familiarise students with the layout of the exam, but they help them get used to the types of questions they may be asked on the day. As the exam approaches, we’d recommend having your child do timed practice papers under exam conditions. This can help improve their time management skills and get them used to answering questions quickly and under pressure.


Practice Papers for the Churston Ferrers Grammar School 11 Plus Exam


The resources below will prove useful for children currently preparing for the Churston Ferrers Grammar School eleven plus exam:


Mathematics (Numerical Reasoning) Section


11+ Short Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 20 questions. It focuses on time-pressured problem solving with question styles that are known to have been previously used by CEM.


11+ Long Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 10 tests, each consisting of 5 sections, with 5 questions in each section. It focuses on a specific type of question that comes up in CEM exams. These questions are based on some form of chart or diagram that the student must use to work out the answers. The answers must be recorded on a separate sheet in a specific manner. This pack includes separate answer sheets so students can get used to recording their responses in this way, just like they will need to do in the 11+ Churston Ferrers exam.


11+ MC Numerical Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains 20 tests, each with 10 questions. It focuses on a different CEM question type in which there are multiple possible answer choices provided and the student must pick the correct one for each question. Separate answer sheets are provided so students can get used to recording their responses in this manner.


11+ Mental Arithmetic

This pack contains 15 tests, each with 15 questions. It focuses on fundamental arithmetic skills, developing a strong basis that allows students to work through maths questions efficiently and with confidence.


Verbal Reasoning Section


Verbal Reasoning, as defined by CEM, is quite different to how it may be traditionally understood. It includes a number of question types that focus on vocabulary and comprehension as well as some more unusual formats. Each of the packs below focuses on a different skill that is assessed in the Verbal Reasoning section of the CEM 11+ Churston Ferrers exam.


11+ Verbal Reasoning (CEM)

This pack contains plenty of practice for various question types that crop up frequently in CEM exams. These include questions  that assess a student’s grasp of synonyms and antonyms as well as other formats such as shuffled sentences and contextual cloze.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Verbal Reasoning – Synonyms and Antonyms (CEM) Pack 2

These packs contains plenty of vocabulary practice, specifically designed to match the style used in CEM exams in the ‘Word Choice’ section. There are 24 practice tests in each pack, each with 29 questions. We recommend beginning with Pack 1. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging.


11+ Verbal Reasoning – Shuffled Sentences (CEM) Pack 1

This pack focuses on a specific CEM Verbal Reasoning question type that comes up frequently. It’s relatively unusual and, in our experience, students can find it difficult to get to grips with. There are 20 tests included, all designed to match the exact format and style used in the actual exam. Answer sheets and answers are included.


11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 1

11+ Comprehension (CEM) Pack 2

These packs focus on multiple-choice comprehension, which will feature in the CEM 11+ Churston Ferrers exam. There are 15 comprehension tests included in each pack. Pack 1 focuses on classical fiction and Pack 2 focuses on non-fiction.


11+ Cloze (CEM)

This pack focuses on cloze questions that are used in almost all CEM 11+ exams. The pack covers three different variations, with 21 tests in total.


11+ Spelling Pack 1 (CEM)

11+ Spelling Pack 2 (CEM)

CEM 11+ exams, such as the 11 plus Churston Ferrers test, focus heavily on assessing a child’s vocabulary. These packs each introduce 200 words within context, helping students to improve both their vocabulary and spelling. This will prove useful for the Verbal Reasoning section of the exam. Pack 2 is designed to be more challenging than Pack 1.


Writing Section


11+ Writing Prompts

This pack contains 28 writing prompts covering plenty of different styles and formats that will help your child get used to writing in many contexts.


Non-Verbal Reasoning Section


11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning

This pack covers a number of the question types that are used in CEM 11+ Non-Verbal Reasoning exams such as Matrices, Box Sequences and Exceptions. There are some extension question types as well. Whilst these are not known to be utilised in CEM exams, they will help develop your child’s Non-Verbal reasoning ability, which will stand them in good stead for the exam.


Full Practice Tests


11+ CEM Practice Test 1

11+ CEM Practice Test 2

These packs each contain two test papers covering all three topics: Verbal, Non-Verbal and Numerical Reasoning. Using the official familiarisation material and our deep knowledge of CEM question styles and formats, we’ve created accurate and up to date CEM practice papers that pay attention to all elements including question types, timings, structure, format, question wordings, fonts and design. Answers and Answer Sheets are included so your child can get used to marking their answers as they will need to do in the actual exam.


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The information provided about Churston Ferrers Grammar School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.

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